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The Lightbringer

The Final Fantasy XV music video I created as part of Extra Life last weekend is finally done! It’s also probably the closest to a Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV music video (that doesn’t turn it into a horror or a comedy) I’ll ever get. So you’d better enjoy it. 😛

Feel free to donate to my fundraiser page if you feel so inclined.

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Weekly Update

Video Editing – First of all, where’s the Final Fantasy XV music video I made for Extra Life? It’s basically done after spending about twenty hours on it over Saturday and Sunday. @.@ I just need to polish the timing, add some video effects, and tack on the credits, which I’m hoping to do tomorrow or Wednesday. I think I unexpectedly remade The Omen trailer with game footage. O.o I also spent a few hours last week throwing together Noctis Screams over Ardyn because it needed to exist immediately.

Software Development – FirstGroup America asked me to add some new features and build a console version of the PDF splitter application I built for them two weeks ago, which is partly why I’ve been so damn busy. I finished that up last week.

Writing – Apparently, it’s national novel writing month or something like that. Alas, writing on The Twelfth Hour continues at a slow pace. I’m about halfway through Chapter 6. Hopefully, I’ll have more time now that most of the projects that were consuming it all are wrapping up. I started working on a Final Fantasy XV article that will probably still drain my time, but I can’t really help that. In case you haven’t guessed, Final Fantasy XV, with all its glory and horribleness, is my latest craze. O.O

Extra Life 2017

I’m raising money for the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital through Extra Life this weekend! I’m actually not playing video games as tradition dictates. This year, I’m spending the weekend making a Final Fantasy XV music video. You can donate to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, watch me video edit live, or read the articles I’ve written for the Extra Life Community website on my fundraising page here.

I promise the video won’t just be sound clips of people screaming on Jaws, The Wizard of Oz, and Dragonball Z over Final Fantasy XV footage (as hilarious as I think that is). If you don’t believe me though, you can donate to my campaign at any time. Feel free to wait to see if I produce something decent. 🙂

And even if I produce another load of hot garbage, consider donating if you enjoy my Extra Life articles or something else I do or donate just because. Just do it for the kids!

Noctis Screams over Ardyn

There’s an important cutscene in Final Fantasy XV where the main bad guy Ardyn explains his motives to the protagonist Noctis. Unfortunately, the first time I played through this scene I couldn’t hear anything Ardyn was saying over Noctis’ grunting and struggling sounds.

So yesterday, I randomly got a terrible idea and determined that it needed to be a reality immediately.

Thoughts Moments from the End of FFXV

I don’t know how I wanted Final Fantasy XV to end, but everything that’s happening right now is not what I expected or wanted.

I haven’t beaten it yet. I’m stopped at the Hammerhead, right before the final fight. This would normally be the point in the game where I can’t put it down until I’m done, but I’m so unexcited to find out what happens next that that didn’t happen.

And I know, the creators ran out of time, scrapped the original story, whatever. This is just so half-baked and disappointing that I must rant.

SPOILERS AND RANTING AHEAD

Did Ravus die off-screen? Shows how important he was I guess.

I know I’m like twenty levels above what the monsters in this section of the game were balanced to fight against, but surely, the game designers could have done something else to ensure that Ardyn’s taunts are relevant. No, Ardyn. I don’t feel powerless nor do I miss my friends. I’m slaughtering literally everything in my path.

Prompto’s a… daemon? or an experiment? Maybe? Why is that even a thing? When has he or anyone wondered about his origins in the entire game? What does this have to do with anything?

Noctis’ friends, the summons, the ring, the Crystal, the weapons, it all had to come together to defeat… Ardyn. That’s right. @#$% the war with the empire. @#$% the coming darkness. @#$% the Oracle. @#$% the king of light, the true king, the chosen. @#$% all the themes in The Omen trailer. It’s all about Ardyn, a bad guy with no motivation. The complexity is just an illusion to hide how boring the story ultimately is.

Even though Noctis has a virtual warehouse of magic weapons and crap, he still has to arbitrarily trade his life to gain the power to defeat the bad guy… So basically, everything I spent the game collecting is garbage.

Let’s skip forward in time ten years to create more artificial drama. Because this game can’t focus on anything long enough to create drama naturally.

Particles in the air cause perpetual darkness. How does that explain the sun setting earlier and rising later as was happening earlier in the game?

Okay. I’m going to go watch The Omen trailer to soothe my rage.

I’ll likely post more coherent thoughts about this game later.

Advent Children Trivia

An image of Cloud's cell phone

I was discussing Gladiolus’ Cup Noodle quest on Final Fantasy XV with some friends recently when one of them pointed me to this wiki. Most of the article explains the product placement in FFXV, but a small section at the top discusses the Panasonic FOMA P900iV, a 2004 phone model released in Japan in conjunction with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. This model serves as Cloud’s phone in the movie. I’ve forgotten and remembered pieces of Advent Children trivia throughout the years, but I don’t think I ever knew this. It gives a whole other layer of meaning to the scene where Cloud’s phone falls to the bottom of the lake.

For many years, this scene, featuring whimsical music underplaying a cell phone drifting to the bottom of a pool that is always as deep as the plot needs it to be, was just silly to me. I still find it funny, even after my close examination of this film over the past year revealed its purpose. This scene symbolizes Cloud losing the one thing that connected him to his friends in the first half of the movie. After this point, Cloud can only interact with them directly. In the final fight with Sephiroth, neither his lost phone nor his friends can serve as a source of comfort or safety. Knowing that his phone is modeled after a real product and that, consequently, at least the first half of the movie is a subtle advertisement for it, this scene is now also a commercial showing off the phone’s sleek design. It also demonstrates that it is not waterproof. 🙂

I’ve heard people say that Final Fantasy XV is a giant advertisement for Cup Noodles, but out of everything negative people say about Advent Children, I’ve never heard them call it an hour-and-a-half-long advertisement for a cell phone. I feel like it should be an outrage that the film is filled with product placement, but it’s not. Cloud’s Panasonic FOMA P900iV, and the prominence of phones and cell phones, in general, is product placement done right. It’s visually subtle but deeply integrated into the story. Even the scene where the film does its most blatant advertising isn’t terribly out of place. It’s visually and audibly similar to another silly scene where Cloud and Tifa pass out in a patch of flowers. While the film has a somewhat bizarre focus on cell phones, its only part of the charm of a film that is bizarre for multiple reasons. Gladio’s quest, on the other hand, just makes FFXV’s story look even stupider and the creators look desperate.

I also recently discovered the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – Reunion Files, an artbook with interviews from the cast and crew. I skimmed through a free copy available online and immediately purchased it. The interviews I glanced at confirmed many of the things I suspected about this movie and more. I’m not crazy! I swear.

Unsolicited Comment: SuperButterBuns’ Kingsglaive Reviews

In these video, SuperButterBuns reviews Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. She discusses its poor characters, strange pacing, inconsistent themes, lack of explanation, and general nonsense. Ultimately, however, she gives the film a 7/10 for its pretty graphics, fun action, and relation to Final Fantasy XV.

While I agree with (her love of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and) the 75% of her reviews in which she discusses Kingsglaive’s many problems, I’m not sure how she arrived at her conclusion. One of her favorite scenes is Regis’ tense conversation with Niflheim’s ambassador right before the Crystal is stolen, which I agree is the best scene in the movie but don’t think excuses it from everything else it does wrong. She claims that Noctis and the gang tied up the movie by introducing the game post-credits. She also appears to take it on faith that the game will explain the elements of the movie that the movie didn’t, which makes it a good film for fans. Basically, it got her excited for the game and provides empty action and visual entertainment. Therefore, it’s a good movie…?

It’s interesting what fans who’ve followed Final Fantasy XV since the Versus XIII days bring to this movie. From ButterBuns’ perspective, Luna and Regis were automatically cool characters from how they were portrayed in the game’s promotional materials. She admits that Luna mostly just looks like an idiot in the movie but continues to believe that she is a cool character. Buns has an affection for Regis’ character and found scenes with him the most interesting. This I find shocking because, to me, all I see in Regis in the movie is a heartless, selfish king of a kingdom no better than Niflheim’s.

ButterBuns also had an interesting interpretation of the scene where Luna jumps out of the airship. To Buns, “Not all miracles are made by magic,” was a major theme in the movie. Luna jumping out of the airship could have illustrated this theme if only Nyx hadn’t “rescued” her with magic. Luna’s confidence in her ability to reach the ledge would have demonstrated that magic isn’t everything. What I focused on in this scene was Luna saying, “I do not fear death,” and then throwing herself out of an airship, which contradicts her supposed importance to the Noctis and the future. While the theme ButterBuns perceived would make this movie interesting, she herself admits that it isn’t shown very well in general. If it were, then Nyx wouldn’t have used magic at the end of the movie. Instead, he only spends a brief time in the middle of it without magic. Then, miracles are made by fancy cars. 🙂

There are a few other minor points I disagree with. I also went to college for film and animation, but I completely disagree with Buns’ assessment that this film, in general, is well edited. The realistic graphics don’t make up for the poor cinematography or hyperactive video editing in my opinion. And Kingsglaive is a giant step backwards in terms of storytelling from both Advent Children and The Spirits Within.

Overall though, SuperButterBuns is entertaining and makes a lot of good or at least interesting points about what makes this movie good and bad. I DEMAND AN ADVENT CHILDREN REVIEW!